Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers’ chances of being named FBI director appeared to dim over the weekend.
Suthers’ name was left out of media reports listing interviewees to succeed fired FBI director James Comey, who was unceremoniously dismissed by President Donald Trump last week a few years into his 10-year term.
The mayor’s name was thrown into the mix Friday when Fox News reported him as among 11 candidates to lead the FBI. He was recommended to the post by Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who made a personal pitch last week to Vice President Mike Pence for the former prosecutor, state prisons chief and attorney general.
Over the weekend, Bloomberg News and CNN reported that eight people interviewed for the post — none of them being Suthers. The candidates included a couple Republican lawmakers, a few current and former FBI officials and a U.S. District Court judge.
The Associated Press also confirmed that at least eight of Trump’s 14 candidates were interviewed for the post.
Suthers’ surprise candidacy immediately spurred a wave of support from Republicans across Colorado, as well as Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Each of them praised Suthers as a man of high character and unwavering integrity who is known to stand up for what’s right — regardless of outside pressures.
Lawmakers from both parties on Capitol Hill have urged Trump not to pick a politician.
“It’s now time to pick somebody who comes from within the ranks, or has such a reputation that has no political background at all that can go into the job on Day 1,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Trump has said a decision could come before he leaves Friday for the Mideast and Europe, which will be his first overseas trip as president.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.